×

David Mamet, Rebecca Hall Join 2016-17 Season at Atlantic Theater Company

David Mamet’s first play following the bad-buzz magnet “China Doll” has been added to the 2016-17 season at the Atlantic Theater Company, the Off Broadway troupe that Mamet co-founded. Also on the docket are actress Rebecca Hall (“The BFG”) as well as the postponed world premiere of musical “The Band’s Visit,” among other projects.

Details are scarce on the latest from Mamet, whose Broadway outing “China Doll” stirred up controversy and crummy word of mouth earlier this season but still turned a profit. The untitled new play, to be directed by Atlantic artistic director Neil Pepe, is described as written “specifically for Atlantic’s ensemble,” and will run February through April on the theater’s mainstage, with exact dates to be set.

Hall, who appeared in “Machinal” on Broadway in 2014, will star in “Animal,” Clare Lizzimore’s play about a woman who starts having visions. Gaye Taylor Upchurch, who previously staged “Harper Regan” at the Atlantic, directs the show on the company’s smaller Stage 2 space, in a run set for May-June.

Meanwhile, “The Band’s Visit,” based on the 2007 Israeli film and originally set to be directed by Harold Prince, will now be helmed by David Cromer (“Our  Town”) this fall (November-January). Book writer Itamar Moses and songwriter David Yazbek (“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” “The Full Monty”) adapt the movie about an Egyptian police band stranded overnight in a remote Israeli village.

Popular on Variety

Other titles on tap at the Atlantic include Paola Lazaro’s “Tell Hector I Miss Him,” a world premiere set in the La Perla slums of San Juan (January-February on Stage 2) and “Marie and Rosetta,” a play with music by George Brant, whose play “Grounded” starred Anne Hathaway at the Public Theater last year. His new one is about influential singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe (August-October on the mainstage).

The theater’s programming for young audiences includes the New York bow of “1001 Nights: A Love Story about Loving Stories,” with songs by “Frozen” co-writer Robert Lopez (“The Book of Mormon,” “Avenue Q”) and a book by Lopez and Adam Koplan, who also directs.

One mainstage production and one kids offering remain to be announced.

 

More Legit

  • Frozen review musical

    Warmth and Humor Pervade Pantages Production of 'Frozen' the Musical

    In 2013, Disney’s “Frozen” hit screens like a 100 mile-per-hour snowball, sparking a pop cultural phenomenon in which little girls and boys pranced about dressed in Anna and Elsa and Olaf costumes while belting aloud “Let It Go,” Elsa’s feminist anthemic response to ice powers rendering her a societal outcast. The animated movie won two [...]

  • My Name Is Lucy Barton review

    'My Name is Lucy Barton': Theater Review

    Laura Linney is in love. Just watch the radiant expression on her face as she wraps her arms around the character of Lucy Barton, a role she played in two separate engagements at the Bridge Theater in London, and is now reprising on Broadway in “My Name is Lucy Barton.” The feeling is obviously mutual, [...]

  • 'Broadway Profiles with Tamsen Fadal' to

    'Broadway Profiles with Tamsen Fadal' to Air Weekly, Syndicate Nationally (EXCLUSIVE)

    “Broadway Profiles with Tamsen Fadal” will become nationally syndicated, marking a first for a program about the Great White Way. Beginning in fall 2020, the monthly show will increase frequency to air weekly. The show is hosted and executive-produced by 12-time Emmy Award winner Tamsen Fadal, a news anchor at WPIX, the channel that initially [...]

  • Laura Linney My Name Is Lucy

    Listen: What Laura Linney Learns From Bad Shows

    For Laura Linney, every stage experience is a learning experience. “Even the bad ones!” she cheerfully declared on the new episode of Stagecraft, Variety’s theater podcast. Listen to this week’s podcast below: “Even the ones that are really bad, and I’ve been really bad in some things,” continued the Emmy winner, currently back on Broadway [...]

  • 'Betrayal' Star Zawe Ashton Signs With

    'Betrayal' Star Zawe Ashton Signs With CAA (EXCLUSIVE)

    Zawe Ashton has signed with CAA, Variety has learned. Most recently seen on Broadway in the hit revival of Harold Pinter’s “Betryal,” Ashton is the definition of a multi-hyphenate. In addition to being an in-demand actress, Ashton is a director, playwright and author. While earning critical raves for “Betrayal,” Ashton made her debut as a [...]

  • Michael Feinstein Kristin Chenoweth Sutton Foster

    Jerry Herman Memorial Set for Feb. 3 at Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

    A memorial service for Broadway composer and lyricist Jerry Herman will be held at 3 p.m. on Feb. 3 at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Michael Feinstein is producing the tribute, which will feature performances from a number of notable legit stars, including Kristin Chenoweth, Harvey Fierstein, Sutton Foster, Kelli O’Hara, Bernadette Peters and Betty Buckley. Angela [...]

  • Fran Drescher 'Good Fortune' film premiere,

    Fran Drescher's 'The Nanny' Getting Broadway Musical Makeover

    Fran Drescher’s legendary character Fran Fine – known for her nasally voice and gravity-defying hair-dos in the ’90s sitcom “The Nanny” – is coming to Broadway. Drescher and Peter Marc Jacobson, who created the original series, will write the book for “The Nanny: A New Musical,” which is in development. The series followed Drescher as [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content